Don’t Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone-Embellished Flats Tutorial

I noticed these beautiful embellished ballet flats in my favorite Japanese magazine, Vivi, back in Winter of 2010.  They’re Miu Miu, available in lovely pastel colors, and boast a pretty hefty pricetag ($745!).

I figured I could make my own lookalikes from a pair of shoes I already had.  And it cost less than $15!  Here’s how…

You Need:

*metallic gold opaque spray paint

*gold beads in two sizes

*scrapbooking stickers in settings (Jolee’s All that Bling! vintage gems dimensional stickers series – available at Michael’s stores) or sew-on jewels in settings

*grosgrain or satin ribbon matching shoes



*painter’s masking tape

*old newspapers

*acetone-based nailpolish remover (optional)

*Q-tips (optional)

*glue for vinyl (I used Loctite Vinyl, Fabric and Plastic Adhesive)


*white thread

*hand-sewing needle


*open flame


How To:

Paint the Toes

1. The Miu Miu shoes have a pretty gold toe that I’d like to emulate.  I masked off both the sole part of my shoes and the toe area; stuffed the insides with newspaper, placed on old newspapers, and sprayed gold paint on the toes outside on my deck.  (Follow directions on the paint for an opaque finish.)

2. After the paint has dried, remove the tape.  If you find the paint has gotten on areas of the shoes you don’t want painted, it’s easy to remove with a Q-tip dipped in acetone nailpolish remove (just don’t scrub the shoe lest you damage the shoe material).

Glue the Jewels 3. Choose the placement of your set jewels.  Peel the sticker backing off (if you’re using scrapbooking stickers).

4. Place a daub of glue where you want each jewel to be, and press the jewel down into the glue.  You want the glue to form a “lip” around the edge of the jewel to secure it firmly to the shoe.

5. Use the toothpick to clean up any extra glue.

Add the Beads 6. Start threading the beads onto the thread, and then place against the shoe in the area you want to cover so you can see how many beads you need.  For the beads around the jewels, add enough beads to your thread to go completely around the jewel (or halfway, where appropriate).  Knot loosely.

7. Squeeze a line of glue around the jewel, slip the circle of beads over it, and tie the two ends of the thread together tightly in a double knot, right up against the edge of the jewel.  Snip the thread ends, and tuck them into the glue.


8. For the line of beads at the top of the gold area, thread the beads onto the thread and tie the thread around each end bead so they don’t slip off.  Squeeze a line of glue where you want, and press the beads into it.  Wrap the ends of the thread under the beads and push into the glue.

Finish with a Bow

7. Cut 2 long lengths of ribbon.  Tie each into a small bow (if you have trouble making your bow symmetrical, follow this illustration from

8. Cut the ends of the bows and heat-seal with a lighter (or open flame).

9. Stitch a couple stitches into the backs of the bows to secure them.  (I’m using white thread so you can see my messy stitching.;-)

10. Place a generous amount of glue above the gold-painted toes and press the bow onto each shoe.  Allow to dry.

And you are done!

Hair: Mimic by Easihair scrunchie in 27B (Peach Tart)

DIY Peter Som Fabric-Embellished Cardigan: my DIY; tutorial available here

Pearl Bracelet: Swarovski

Pink Croco-embossed Belt: don’t remember

Pleated Schoolgirl Skirt: Gap

A beautiful way to add a dose of glamorousness to your feet.  Take them for a spin on the town, Twinkle Toes!

Happy DIY’ing!

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32 Comments on Don’t Buy, DIY! Miu Miu Rhinestone-Embellished Flats Tutorial

  1. Lia
    5.01.2011 at 10:40 am (4 years ago)

    FABULOUS! I absolutely love these Carly! What an amazing job!!

    • carlyjcais
      5.02.2011 at 11:02 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Katherine! Miu Miu makes such beautiful bejeweled shoes…even though my version won’t hold up in a heavy rainstorm or down an obstacle course, I think they’re a pretty good resemblance to the originals, and will hold up through repeated wear! (*crosses fingers*) Plus, they look sort of royal, don’t you think? Just in time for that Royal Wedding!;-)

  2. Kathryn
    5.01.2011 at 7:39 pm (4 years ago)

    These are awesome!

  3. Natasha
    5.01.2011 at 10:30 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh my goodness I absolutely LOVE them!! What a great project.
    Natasha recently posted..Apothica Giveaway!!

    • carlyjcais
      5.02.2011 at 10:59 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Natasha! Scrapbooking stickers have just gotten better and better in recent years…and no one says you have to use them exclusively for scrapbooking!!;-) Why can’t DIYers get in on the fun too??! LOL!

  4. Shabna
    5.02.2011 at 5:17 am (4 years ago)

    Your best DIY yet! AMAZING!
    Shabna recently posted..The Wedding

    • carlyjcais
      5.02.2011 at 10:57 pm (4 years ago)

      Awww, thank you kpriss!! You are always so sweet:-)

  5. Kat Skull
    5.03.2011 at 12:24 pm (4 years ago)

    I shared this one my website! Just lovely.

    • carlyjcais
      5.04.2011 at 1:20 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you Kat Skull!! I really appreciate you sharing with your readers!:-)

  6. Jessica
    5.04.2011 at 3:19 am (4 years ago)

    These are amazing! I’ve been looking for ideas to turn my boring black heels into something and I think I just found it!

  7. Odette
    5.13.2011 at 9:51 am (4 years ago)

    These are gorgeous. I’m bookmarking this so I can make them :)

  8. amy
    6.13.2011 at 8:26 pm (4 years ago)

    Omg you are so creative. I love this idea.

  9. Holly
    6.24.2011 at 6:15 pm (4 years ago)

    So, so cute!! I will give this a try.

  10. Kayla
    8.10.2011 at 12:47 pm (4 years ago)

    These are so gorgeous. I am now inspired to make my own. Beautiful!!!

  11. Ascen
    8.28.2011 at 5:13 am (4 years ago)

    Gracias!!! Me pondré manos a la obra…♥‿♥

  12. Tiffany Wilkerson
    12.09.2011 at 12:47 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks Natasha! So, so cute!! I absolutely love these Carly! FABULOUS!
    Tiffany Wilkerson recently posted..Cancer Tattoos Tumblr

  13. doro
    3.24.2013 at 6:42 pm (2 years ago)

    gorgeous! thanks so much for this tutorial (:


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